Ceredigion AM Elin Jones has been named in Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood’s five-strong cabinet in waiting. Elin Jones is named as Deputy Leader as well as Shadow Minister for Health and Well-being, while Ceredigion resident Simon Thomas, regional AM for Mid and West Wales, is named Shadow Minister for Education, Skills and the Welsh language.

The Shadow Cabinet is completed by Llyr Gruffydd, the north Wales AM who is a graduate of Aberystwyth University, and Rhun ap Iorwerth, the former BBC journalist and landslide victor of last year’s Ynys Môn by-election .

Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru AM for Ceredigion, said,

“I’m delighted to be part of the focussed and streamlined Shadow Cabinet that Leanne has appointed. It’s exciting to be part of the team responsible for holding the current government to account and for developing and presenting Plaid Cymru’s programme in the build- up to the next Welsh General Election in 2016.

“The health brief is certainly a challenging one. The NHS faces many challenges, as we in Ceredigion know. I’ll be looking for innovative solutions to attract more medical staff into the Service, to make better use of modern technology, and to achieve better integration between health and social care.”

Simon Thomas added,

“I’m delighted to be appointed to the new shadow cabinet with the responsibility for Education, Skills and the Welsh Language. We will be launching a paper on raising education standard shortly and would appreciate any ideas from the public.”

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:

“Under my leadership, each member of the cabinet team will be responsible for developing the policy programme for the next government of Wales. This programme will be focussed on creating a healthier, smarter, wealthier and fairer Wales. With the launch of our exciting policy proposals to recruit a thousand doctors this week, we have started the year as we mean to go on. Plaid Cymru is the only party with an alternative vision for Wales and with the innovative and exciting ideas needed to turn the fortunes of our nation around.”